New Year’s Eve is an exciting time that is meant for celebrations of all kinds. Whether that’s a family get together or a party with friends, New Year’s Eve is fun for everyone. While it’s a time that is meant for bringing in the new year with celebration, it’s also a time when safety isn’t always a priority.
New Year’s Even Dangers
The combination of people out celebrating and the prominent role that drinking often plays at events makes New Year’s Even one of the most common nights of the year for both injuries and accidents. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), roughly one out of ten accidents that occur in December and January happen over the New Year holiday. The hours that lead up to midnight and the early morning of January 1 are the most dangerous. Some common types of accidents that occur during New Year’s Eve include:
- Car accidents
- Slips and falls
- Pedestrian accidents
- Accidental fires and fireworks injuries
Safety Tips for New Year’s Eve
State Farm Insurance offers these New Year’s Eve safety tips to help protect yourself and those around you.
Avoid drinking and driving – if you are going out for a New Year’s Eve celebration, make plans in advance for how you will get home. Taxis and Ubers will be in high demand, so if you can, make a reservation to avoid being stuck. If you are entertaining at your house, avoid over serving your guests and be prepared for people to stay overnight if they’ve had too much.
Be careful walking – walking may seem like a better alternative than driving, but pedestrian accidents are a serious concern over the New Year. If you do plan on walking, you should avoid drinking too much, wear bright colored clothing, stick to sidewalks and lighted streets, and wear appropriate shoes to help prevent any trips and falls.
Use caution with fires and fireworks – bonfires and fireworks are a great way to celebrate the new year, but you should make sure there is always a water source nearby. You should also keep small children away from the fire and any fireworks and keep them from getting too close.
O’Donnell Law Center would like to wish everyone a fun and safe New Year’s celebration. Hopefully with these safety tips, you can enjoy the night of celebration safely.
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